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CATA To Study the Use of Painkillers & Its Effects on Athletes

The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) recently announced a research project that will provide its members with an enhanced understanding of pain and pain medication. Although a robust curriculum is currently available to Athletic Therapists... more »

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Used by ‘Majority’ of NCAA ATCs

Heat illnesses present a major risk for athletes, especially football players. The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) established recommendations to prevent heat illnesses that include measuring wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT), but adherence to this... more »

Protecting Athletes from the Most Common Sports Injuries

Injuries happen in sports and training. There is no way around it. While sports, training, and just general physical activities have many benefits, the risk of injury is always lurking if we're not careful. A... more »

Why the World Anti-Doping Agency Bans Marijuana

U.S. Olympic favorite Sha'Charri Richardson made headlines recently after her disqualification and suspension from the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics for using marijuana. In June, Richardson, 21, won the women's 100-meter at the U.S. Olympic Track... more »

Equipment To Protect Your Top Commodity

Ask around your local football fields what a head coach wants out of their players and the answer will typically resemble the same idea: to get the most out of them. In order to do... more »

A Q&A with Dr. W. Christopher Winter, The ‘Sleep Whisperer’

Dr. W. Chris Winter, MD, has been dubbed “The Sleep Whisperer.”  His work as a board-certified neurologist and double board-certified sleep specialist based out of Charlottesville (VA) Neurology and Sleep Medicine has garnered the attention... more »

Saliva Tests for Concussions: The Next Factor in Diagnosis?

For all the advancements made with the management of athletes’ injuries, concussions still remain a complicated matter for everyone involved. Identifying the long-term side effects has impacted the way everyone approaches them, but there’s still... more »

Assessing Proper Hydration in Athletes

Dehydration is a condition in which the body loses more fluids than what is taken in. This is of particular concern during exercise as dehydration impairs physiologic and cognitive function, increases the risk of heat... more »

Ashley Labrador: 2021’s Most Valuable HS Athletic Trainer of the Year

Four years into her athletic training career, Ashley Labrador and her skills were put to the ultimate test. She had taped ankles, dealt with helmet-to-helmet collisions, and administered preventative and rehabilitative care to student-athletes, but... more »

5 Tips to Freeze Heat-Related Illnesses

Two decades after the tragic training camp death of Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl offensive lineman Korey Stringer, prevailing attitudes toward heat illness have shifted dramatically. But even 11 years after the Korey Stringer Institute was... more »

The Power of Proper Breathing

You might not think of it initially, but breathing plays a vital role in how you think, feel, rest, and recover. Heck, it can even have an impact on your posture and movement. A recent... more »

In Shortened Season, Data Shows NBA Injuries Are Up

In a condensed season-and-a-half, NBA player injuries appear to have risen according to a recent report from ESPN.com. After the 2019-20 NBA season had its season paused, moved down to a Florida bubble, and restarted... more »

The Center Foundation Raising Funds for Oregon High School ATC

The Center Foundation, a Central Oregon nonprofit dedicated to providing sports medicine services to high school students, said this week it is working hard to expand its program to Bend’s newest high school. The Foundation... more »

Achieve Better Sleep with Effective Exercise

Sleep. Those who get enough of it spend a third of their day doing it. Those who don't are constantly searching for a better way to sleep. According to the World Sleep Society, a non-profit... more »

ASICS Aims to Support Mental Health Through Sports

ASICS is inspiring people to move and, for the first time, see the uplift on their own mind, their city, and their entire nation. As of June 1, also known as Global Running Day 2021,... more »

Is Burnout Having a Negative Impact on Your Workouts?

Burnout. We've all felt it before to one degree or another in varying circumstances. Whether in the workplace or in the weight room, the burnout factor is real and can have real ramifications, like depression,... more »

UConn Sports Medicine Adds Foot & Ankle Program

With backgrounds in athletics and 25 years in private practice, married podiatrists Drs. Karla and Michael Scanlon joined the Foot and Ankle Program at UConn Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in February 2020, seeing patients... more »

Study: Sports Help Disadvantaged Kids in School

According to a recent study in England, disadvantaged children experience stronger benefits from sports than their more affluent counterparts. The long-term study, entitled Investigation of the Associations Between Physical Activity, Self-Regulation, and Educational Outcomes in... more »

Concussion Biomarkers Highlight NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance Conference

The emergence of concussion biomarkers was among the critical research shared at the fourth annual Grand Alliance Concussion Conference. The NCAA Sport Science Institute and... more »

Tips to Run in the Summer Heat Effectively

As the temperature begins to heat up, which may draw out many runners from their winter hibernations with their indoor treadmills, it's important to get those miles in while being aware of heat-related illness. Hot... more »

Italian ATC: ‘Italy at The Forefront of Injury Recovery & Prevention’

Adriano Bianchini is a professional athletic trainer who has worked with one of the more prominent Italian Serie A teams, Lazio, from 2005 until 2020. He specializes in injury recovery, prevention, and reathletization of players,... more »

Study Shows Significant Benefit of PolarCap in Recovery from Concussions

PolarCool AB (publ), a Swedish medical device company focusing on the treatment of sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and whiplash, announced that it has submitted a 510(k) pre-market notification to the U.S. Food and Drug... more »

Sparta Science Keeps Players Playing, Coaches Coaching

Nearly half a million student-athletes compete in one of the 24 sanctioned sports by the NCAA — more than ever before. With that ever-growing number comes the bigger need of keeping them in the game.... more »

See-Worthy: Seek Scan Helping Athletics Return

As the country embarks on a return to normalcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, how can athletic facilities ensure the health and safety of its staff and spectators? With athletics returning on a wide-spread level and... more »

Increasing your Power Index for Strength & Conditioning

In the sporting world, the main reason for partaking in a strength and conditioning program is to provide a benefit to athletic performance. One of the critical features of a good strength and conditioning program... more »

Why the Mental Health of Top Performing Athletes is Even More Vulnerable

Those star athletes are worthy of our society’s adoration. They are never afraid of a little adversity, no, not as they stare down the competition with a gleam in their eye that says, “I know... more »

Protecting the Adolescent Arm, Part II — What Can You Do?

Last March I wrote an article on protecting the adolescent arm just before COVID-19 invaded our lives. High school baseball as-well-as just about everything else shut down for the next two to three months because... more »

Laser Therapy: The Best Kept Secret in Recovery

What if there was a rehabilitative therapy that treated acute injuries better than ice; one that didn’t create chemical dependencies or require going under the knife? Is there something out there that can relieve the... more »

Why You Should Attend NATA’s Spine Injury Conference

Taking place April 26-May 25, with live events May 10-12, the NATA Spine Injury in Sports Conference will provide attendees with an in-depth look at advances in research that have paved the way for improvements in prevention... more »

Study: Physical Activity Offers ‘Strong Protection’ from Worst COVID Outcomes

A recent study released this week shows that regular physical activity provides protection from the worst side effects of COVID-19 — hospitalization, intensive care admission, and, even, death. The study, conducted by Kaiser Permanente and... more »

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